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15th Annual Premier Home Improvement Show Friday through Sunday. More than 200 vendors showcasing the latest in home remodeling and improvement. Friday, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Specials: Friday is 2-for-1 admission day, courtesy of Dishman Dodge. Saturday and Sunday, receive $2 off admission with the donation of two nonperishable food items to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $8; free for children 12 and younger. (509) 532-4990.

SCC Spring Flower and Garden Show Fourth annual event is themed “Through the Looking Glass” with larger-than-life “Alice in Wonderland” floral exhibits. The show also features a European-style fresh flower market and will have bedding and house plants, herbs, yard art and unique arts and crafts for sale. Children’s activities also are planned. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Spokane Community College, Lair-Student Center, Building 6, 1810 N. Greene St. Free admission and parking. (509) 624-3457.

Inland Empire Coin Club Coin Show Saturday-Sunday. Buy, sell and trade coins, stamps, currency, gold, and silver with more than 20 area dealers. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. $2 admission good both days; free parking. (509) 999-5616.

Rockford Frog Regatta Festival The annual event includes free hot dogs and free games for kids of all ages, plus a frog regatta in Rock Creek. Benefits the Rockford Lions Club in support of youth and community activities. Frogs can be purchased for $5 at the event or in advance at FredNecks Saloon, Harvest Moon Restaurant, Banner Bank in Rockford, Bank of Fairfield in Rockford or On Sacred Ground Coffee Shop in Valleyford. Saturday, 1-3 p.m., Rockford City Park, Rockford. Free admission, $5/frog.

Dishman Hills Buttercup Hike This hike will be led by Michael Hamilton, former DHC President, retired geologist and resident naturalist. This long-held Dishman Hills tradition is not only a chance to look for the year’s first color, but to learn about the history and importance of this land. Saturday, 1 p.m., Camp Caro, 625 S. Sargent Road, Spokane Valley. Free.

Jack Nisbet: David Douglas’s Nine Lives David Douglas was a Scottish naturalist who did much of his best work in the Pacific Northwest, where his contacts with local fur traders and tribal families resulted in key information about our native landscape. This slide presentation will be presented by Jack Nisbet, author of “David Douglas: a naturalist at work: an illustrated exploration across two centuries in the Pacific Northwest.” Monday, 6 p.m., South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. Free. (509) 444-5385.

Get Lit! Headlining events include Anthony Doerr and William T. Vollmann, 7 p.m. Friday, Chitra Divakaruni, 7 p.m. Saturday, and George Bilgere, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. These three events will be held at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. For a full festival schedule, visit $15 general for each, free to students w/ID. (800) 325-SEAT.

Author Timothy Egan: “Voices of the Dust Bowl” Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award will share Dust Bowl survivors’ stories based on research, writings and first-hand interviews collected for “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl.” Sunday, 2 p.m., Whitworth University, Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhaeuser Hall, 300 W. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.

“The Power of Art in the Egyptian Revolution” The work of Egyptian artist Mohammed Abla has mirrored the tumultuous transition following the Arab Spring revolution. He is touring the United States to promote the use of art as a bridge between differing cultures and religions. Thursday, 6 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. Free. (509) 467-7071.

Spokane Bike Swap Buy new and used bicycles and accessories from the bike corral or visit local bike shops and other vendors that will be set up throughout the event. Proceeds from the Spokane Bike Swap benefit the Friends of the Centennial Trail. Open Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $5/general, free/age 12 and younger. (509) 742-9377.

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